GLOBAL: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Spreads Worldwide with $307.7M Bow
on November 24, 2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire delivered the big weekend it was promising, bringing in $307.7 million in its global day-and-date debut. The Hunger Games sequel posted a 45% improvement above the original's $211.8 million worldwide bow.
Catching Fire spread to 63 overseas territories and returned with a $146.6 million haul, more than doubling the opening weekend gross of the original in most major markets. The United Kingdom posted a $19.8 million debut, a massive improvement over the original's $7.7 million bow in the market. The U.K.'s opening weekend is more than half of the original's $38.1 million cume in the market. Catching Fire graced the $13 million mark in Germany, over 300% better than the original's $4.2 million opening weekend. Catching Fire nearly reached the $11 million mark in its Russian roll-out, already in striking distance of overtaking the original's $13.3 million lifetime gross in the market. IMAX screenings accounted for $5.4 million of the overseas opening haul and $18 million of the global gross.
The top markets for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire include the United Kingdom ($19.8M), Brazil ($13.6M / 2nd Weekend), Germany ($12.8M), Australia ($11.5M), Russia ($10.8M), and Mexico ($10.7M). The film's $146.6 million overseas total is already halfway to the original's lifetime overseas cume of $286.3 million.
A $35.5 million opening in China launched Gravity to a $331.5 million overseas total. IMAX brought in 20% of that figure with a $7.4 million contribution to the film's debut, making it the biggest IMAX opener of all time in China. Gravity has now grossed $577 million worldwide. Other top markets for Gravity include France ($42.8M), the United Kingdom ($31.4M), South Korea ($27.9M), and Russia ($21.1M).
Thor: The Dark World took $6 million from its Italian debut this weekend, a great start for the superhero sequel. The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now grossed $381 million after four weekends overseas, a more than $100 million improvement above its predecessor's $268 million lifetime gross overseas.
Thor's top markets include China ($48.3M), Russia ($34.6M), the United Kingdom ($29.6M), Brazil ($23.9M), Mexico ($21.9M), France ($20.9M), and South Korea ($20.4M). Thor: The Dark World has grossed $548.8 million overseas, nearly $100 million more than the $449 million worldwide total of the first Thor film. Thor: the Dark World will open in Japan, its only remaining market, on February 1, 2014.
Delivery Man opened day-and-date in Russia and finished the weekend with a $1.2 million take. The Russian premiere combined with a disappointing $8.3 million bow in North America to give the Vince Vaughn vehicle a $9.4 million global debut.
The Counselor has shown resiliency overseas, with its star-studded cast drawing bigger numbers outside of North America. The thriller reached a $30.1 million overseas cume this weekend to take its global total up to $46.8 million.
Bad Grandpa held on to a $1.5 million weekend in its second frame in Australia, finishing in second place above Thor: The Dark World and culminating the weekend with a $5.5 million cume. The Jackass film has now grossed $33 million overseas and $128.5 million worldwide.
Despicable Me 2 is enjoying the closing moments of its overseas run with a $550.6 million cume. The animated sequel is the #2 film of the year in terms of overseas and global numbers. The film has grossed $917 million worldwide.